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Who's Minding The Military?: Obama abandons his post
The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 15, 2013 | Daniel Clark

Posted on 02/15/2013 4:34:11 PM PST by Daniel Clark

Who’s Minding The Military?: Obama abandons his post

by Daniel Clark

If outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s testimony on the Benghazi attack is to be believed, President Obama abandoned his post as Commander-in-Chief, even as the lives of ambassador Chris Stevens and several others hung in the balance.

Panetta met with Obama and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, around 5 o’clock on the day of the attack, which would continue until about seven hours later. He says the president told the two of them, “to do everything we needed to do to try to protect lives there,” and that they received no further communications from him for the rest of the day. Obama is known to have spoken with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an hour that night, but other than that, nobody seems to know where he was or what he was doing while the crisis in Libya was unfolding.

This illustration of Obama’s neglecting his military duties raises questions about the recently leaked Justice Department “white paper” setting the administration’s policy on drone strikes. Although the white paper has been the subject of outrage, it is for the most part unremarkable. Its main purpose is to establish that the legal authority for the strikes comes from the declaration of war (sorry – “authorization for use of military force”) against al-Qaeda that Congress passed in 2001. (You know, the one that Ron Paul voted for. Look it up.)

The peculiar part is that a declaration of war authorizes the president to act, whereas the white paper finds a drone strike lawful if “an informed, high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.” Furthermore, it explains that the word “imminent” in this clause does not literally mean “imminent,” but instead is a murky concept that is more broadly and subjectively defined.

In keeping with the declaration, it ought to be the president who, having informed himself, makes that determination. In fact, last May, the administration planted a story in the New York Times that presented Obama as an omnipotent figure, who determines the fate of terror suspects by deciding which ones are placed on a drone “kill list.” So why has Obama’s own Justice Department assigned that responsibility to unspecified individuals farther down the chain of command? Perhaps he has appointed an Imminence Czar to make such decisions in his stead.

Obama tried to portray himself as being in total control of the bin Laden raid, also, but he couldn’t even pull off a convincing publicity photo. The picture that the White House released depicted the president as the one person least likely to have been in charge. Observing from the periphery, while dressed in a golf shirt and a Nike windbreaker, he looked as if he’d been brought there for Take Your Child to Work Day.

There’s no such photographic evidence of his presence during the Benghazi attack, of course. Whenever there’s nothing to take credit for, the president remains as invisible as a shovel-ready job.

If there was any reason to doubt Panetta’s testimony, it should have been dispelled five days later, when Obama paraphrased him during his State of the Union Address. “As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad.” How interesting that he shifted from a singular to a plural pronoun mid-sentence.

You may remember that he performed a similar grammatical evasion last month, when he was asked directly whether he had any personal experience with firearms. “Yes,” he said. “In fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” His answer to a follow-up question revealed, however, that he was referring to guests who do the shooting, and that the “we” he’d mentioned didn’t necessarily include himself. In the context of his “do everything we need to do” order regarding Benghazi, it is clear that the “we” from his address means the same thing.

That Obama would hand off these responsibilities as if he were giving his car keys to a valet is only consistent with his dismissive attitude toward attacks against America, from his categorizing the Benghazi killings as “bumps in the road,” to his cold estimation that we could “absorb” another 9-11 attack, to his reducing the Fort Hood massacre to just another talking point in an otherwise lighthearted monologue. How many more examples do we need before we're willing to draw the obvious conclusion that he simply doesn’t give a damn?

-- Daniel Clark is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of a web publication called The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press, where he also publishes a seasonal sports digest as The College Football Czar.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; drones; forthood; fthood; panetta; purpleheart; purplehearts

1 posted on 02/15/2013 4:34:23 PM PST by Daniel Clark
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To: Daniel Clark

Great stuff, Daniel. I’m glad you posted it all hear.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 4:47:02 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Here, hear!


3 posted on 02/15/2013 4:48:10 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Daniel Clark

So the question is in my mind - if Obama ordered Panetta and Dempsey to do whatever it took to save the Americans in the embassy, who disobeyed the order? Why was nothing done?


4 posted on 02/15/2013 5:08:47 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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5 posted on 02/15/2013 5:11:30 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Daniel Clark

When are folks going to realize Obama does not have an original thought? He is told what to do and say. When are all of our writers going to start shining light on the person giving Obama his directions? Valerie Jarrett runs the White House and directs Obama. Obama can be understood when Jarrett is understood. Obama is merely Jarrett’s Parrot.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 5:12:49 PM PST by abclily
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To: Daniel Clark
Only the POTUS had the authority to act!

0bama was notified immediately and automatically when the Benghazi consulate triggered the "Imminent Danger Notification System" alert. He did nothing.

Judge Jeanine Investigates Benghazi Gate Part 4 - 10/20/2012 video 6:53
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (U.S. Army ret.), former CIA Station Chief Gary Berntsen and former CIA operative Mike Baker

They confirm everything Col. Hunt said about automatic notifications to the WH and add more details.

Howie Carr interview with Col. Hunt On The Newest Libyan Revelations audio 28:37

There are three scandals here...

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Denial of requests for security were a dereliction of duty. The lies and misdirection about the "video" after the attack were fraud and malfeasance under the color of authority. The inaction during the attack was something more than that.

The failure to act during the attack is the direct equivalent of desertion IMO.

ONE man had the authority to act that night.

ONE man deserted his post!

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

0bama abandoned his post. 0bama Is A Deserter!

7 posted on 02/15/2013 5:47:15 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Daniel Clark

Frogmarch out of OUR WH.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 6:02:54 PM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: Daniel Clark
Well written and on the nose, Daniel

How many more examples do we need before we're willing to draw the obvious conclusion that he simply doesn’t give a damn?

I came to that conclusion two or three years ago if not before. Dumping his mentor and pastor of 20 years overboard was a big clue to me.

9 posted on 02/15/2013 6:05:25 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: andyk

That is a question Senators and Congressmen in their respective hearings should be pounding away on. But I don’t believe 0bama ever issued any such order or authorized a CBA.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 6:09:06 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Daniel Clark

With Obama gutting the military, we’re going to need those AR15’s for sure.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 6:36:44 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: andyk
... who disobeyed the order?

Therein lies the rub, why was there no follow thru? If incompetence was evidenced in failure, why was no one fired? And, the underlings transferred do not count.

The marionette miester was missing in action, and, I don't mean dumBO.

12 posted on 02/15/2013 6:44:13 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: abclily

No, he has no thoughts or words of his own. VJ runs the show, including all the czars, who do all the work. If he ever gets out of office maybe people will see what an empty suit he is.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:01 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: TigersEye

Save


14 posted on 02/15/2013 9:07:26 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6

Its pretty simple to see what Odumbo thinks of our military and why he is downsizing it from the top all the way down. He is simply afraid that when the day comes for him to take COMPLETE control, there won’t be a lot of military to turn on him. He will have his civilian corp. and we, the average citizens, will have thousands of already trained military types on OUR SIDE.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 8:47:05 AM PST by Progov
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To: Progov

Yes. He’s also purging Patriots from higher ranks and filling slots with pro homosexuals like Gen Bostick. Are they willing to fire on citizens? I’d venture to guess yes.


16 posted on 02/17/2013 1:06:38 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: andyk

It is clear he made no such order.

My best guess is he said, “you guys handle this and don’t bother me about it again.”

He clearly never said, or signed an order to “do whatever it takes to save these people or secure the site under attack.”

In fact the admiral in the Med, nearby, was relieved of command, and so was the general Ham - Africom. They were relieved/quit because the president would not let them do their duty as military commanders. Petraeus is in almost the same boat.

Three flag level officers lost their jobs over this, and the press doesn’t even care.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 7:18:33 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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